Don’t Take Pictures is a photography magazine published in print twice-yearly (March, September), in addition to regular online articles. The title, Don’t Take Pictures, references the language of modern photography. Over the years, the term “taking pictures” has begun to be replaced with “making photographs.” The change signifies a distinction between the widespread use of cameras in the modern world and the more systematic, thoughtful process of creating photographic art. At Don’t Take Pictures, we strive to celebrate the creativity involved with the making of photographs.  

In addition to the magazine itself, Don't Take Pictures sells an exclusive edition run of an image by an artist featured in the magazine. Working with the artist, we select an image, which is then hand-printed by the artist, signed, numbered in an edition no higher than five, and priced below $200. Because we believe in helping emerging artists build their careers, the full amount of the sale goes to the artist. 

Don't Take Pictures was founded as a publication of The Kiernan Gallery and now functions independently to introduce art lovers, dog lovers, cat lovers, hipsters, oldsters, and collectors to artists who are on the move.




Roger Thompson
Senior Editor

Roger Thompson's critical writings have appeared in exhibition catalogues and he has written extensively on self-taught artists with features in Raw Vision and The Outsider. He currently resides in Long Island, New York and is a Professor at Stony Brook University.

Kat Kiernan

Kat Kiernan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures, as well as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017). Kat received the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award in 2015 for her contributions to the photographic community. Her photographs have been exhibited across the United States, and Photoboite Agency named her one of 2012’s 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch. Kat divides her time between Brooklyn, New York and Boston. She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.


W.G. Beecher

W.G. Beecher contributes regularly to Don't Take Pictures, both as a writer and behind the scenes.


Sarah Sickles
News Editor

Sarah Sickles is a freelance writer, editor, and artist. She is also the founder of Pink Things Mag and news editor at Don't Take Pictures.

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Issue 11 Contributing Writers


Ashley Hagerstrand is an artist and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Tim Soter is a Brooklyn-based fine art and commercial photographer. He is the author of several books including TIM! Go AWAY!, Electronic Music: New York City 1995, Fumetti, and ForTress, a book about his friendship with Arthur Tress.

Kurt Ayau is an American fiction writer of Cape Verdan heritage. His novel, What the Shadow Told Me, co-written with David Rachels under the pseudonym Kurtis Davidson, won the Pirate’s Alley/Faulkner Society Award and was published in 2005. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters.